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Saturday, 1 January 2011

Embroidered gloves for winter weather

Hangover status: surprisingly, I'm fine! Not even bleary-eyed, although I am a little sleepy as I got to bed at about four a.m.. Have just been opening presents - our family does New Year's presents as well as Christmas. I got a new military jacket (I have three now, and I love them), some earrings, a digital photo keyring and some money towards the Posiez parasol I'm coveting. The New Year is off to a good start - next week I'm hitting the sales with Bronwyn and having a vampire movie night with Jodie. And of course spending time with Dan. =)

Since it's now January - ohmigod, first post of 2011! - which is probably the coldest month for those of us here in England, I figure it's a good time to post a tutorial that's suitable for winter weather - embroidered gloves. I was inspired to make these gloves when I spied a post on cupcake_goth's LiveJournal where she (Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School) had posted a picture of her fingerless gloves embroidered with 'GOTH CAKE'. Aha, here it is...

Unfortunately, my embroidery both sucks and blows, but thankfully it is reasonably simple to end up with legible letters, even if, like me, you've never done a stitch of embroidery before (not a decent stitch, anyway). If the fabric of your gloves is very thick you may wish to use wool instead of embroidery thread, and not just because embroidery thread is a tool of the devil - embroidery thread is fine and may disappear into thick or plush fabrics.

You'll need:

  • a pair of gloves (fingerless or otherwise)
  • embroidery needle or darning needle (depending on whether you're using embroidery thread or wool)
  • wool or thread (like, duh...)
If there is a 'proper' technique I have no idea what it is - I just built up small stitches to make each letter. If your gloves have fingers, you may find it helpful to pull the glove over a plastic tumbler to make it easier to reach the bit you're stitching. For fingerless gloves, if you're embroidering below the knuckle like I have, make sure to cut and tie off the thread after each letter or you will end up with your fingers tied together. You may need to check the weave of your gloves, again depending on fabric - obviously with velvet or cotton gloves this will not be a problem. If the weave goes vertically, make your stitches horizontally, and vice versa, otherwise your stitches will sink into the weave and be effectively invisible.

Diagonal lines are a little tricky (or so I found) but unpicking and re-stitching is quick and simple. Oh, and don't forget to put the gloves on regularly to make sure that the letters are where you want them to be, or you'll end up with wonky wording, like on my LOVE BITE gloves.

You may not want to do one letter per finger - you could simply stitch any word across the back of the knuckles. I had several phrases that I wanted to embroider, including PURE EVIL and GOTH GIRL, so the biggest dilemma for me was choosing.
Behold my wonky embroidery.
Listening to: The Mystic's Dream - Loreena McKennitt

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